A new survey has found that 22% of Brits have checked their partner’s phone without their knowledge, with a tenth doing it at least once a week.

The statistics show that the biggest spies are women, with a quarter regularly checking texts, emails, calls, social media and internet history to see what their partners have been up to.

However, while fewer men search phones, those who do tend to rifle more frequently with one in ten snooping weekly, compared to only 8% of women doing the same.

When questioned on why they felt the need to sneak around, respondents said they felt like their partner was acting suspiciously (28%), potentially playing away (15%) or that they simply checked out of boredom (27%).

The survey of 2,000 respondents, commissioned by, found that over half of snoopers (53%) said they have found something incriminating when they searched their partners phone.

Following this discovery, almost a third said they confronted their partner admitting they had seen something on their phone. A further fifth of UK respondents said that they would confront their partner, but cite a different reason for how they stumbled upon the information.

One in twenty snoopers ended up breaking up with their partner following their discoveries.

The shocking stats also revealed that Londoners are most likely to spy on their other halves, with a fifth prying at least once a week. This was followed by those living in East Anglia (10%) and those in East Midlands, North West, Scotland and South West all at 9% weekly.

When asked about their own phones, 13% of the snoopers said they don’t let their partner view their devices, while almost a third of people admitted they had something on their phone that they would rather their partner didn’t discover.

Secret snooping is to blame for five per cent of break-ups of relationships, according to the data.

Richard Waters from commented, “It seems as though Brits have trouble trusting their partner, especially when it comes to technology. Our data shows that advances in technology are putting a strain on our relationships, as although they give us another way to communicate with our partners, they’re also providing ways to communicate with others in a way that can be kept secret.

It’s shocking to see just how many UK people are regularly checking up on our other halves, especially when you consider that the very act of snooping accounts for five per cent of break ups!”

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